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Islam changed Yousuf’s cricketing life: Andrew Strauss

Islam changed Yousuf’s cricketing life: Andrew Strauss

Former England captain Andrew Strauss reflected on the life of ex Pakistani batsman Mohammad Yousuf. The left-handed batsman feels that Islam changed the cricketing life of Yousuf and made him a more prolific batsman.

"I always like to use the example of Mohammad Yousaf. When he was Yousaf Youhana, he was averaging 40 in Test cricket. Then he became a devout Muslim and on the back of that he had this philosophy that God willing, what will happen will happen," he said.

Strauss feels that the change in perspective made Yousuf accept the fate and prioritize it over his own control on the game. “He was almost trying not to be as much in control of his batting as he was previously. Just kind of accepting that the fate will have something in store for him”, he quoted.

The former English player looks quite impressed by the life of Mohammad Yousuf as he admitted that, as a coach, he will guide youngsters with the example of Mohammad Yousuf. "I think that was a really good illustration for me that sometimes you just have to let it all go. If I was working with a young player, this would be the philosophy I would try to embed in them.", he concluded.